LDO/CWO Programs Provide Commissioning Opportunities for Enlisted Sailors

Story Number: NNS120920-13Release Date: 9/20/2012 11:13:00 AM
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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy is seeking applications from highly qualified Sailors in pay grades E-6 through E-9 for the Fiscal Year 2014 Active Duty Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) programs, officials said Sept. 20.

"LDOs and CWOs bring a variety of technical expertise and a seasoned perspective into the wardroom from their enlisted service," said Lt. Shane Walker, assistant LDO/CWO community manager, Bureau of Naval Personnel and an LDO. "These programs deliver to the officer corps seasoned technical professionals with proven leadership abilities."

LDOs and CWOs are composed of Sailors from the enlisted ranks who serve in 56 different officer technical fields. These programs serve as a path to commissioning for qualified Sailors, but more importantly the LDO and CWO communities support the warfighting capability and readiness of naval forces through leadership, technical proficiency, and experience, according to Walker.

"They are the primary manpower source for technically specific billets not best suited for traditional unrestricted line, restricted line or staff corps career path officers," said Walker, "Using critical enlisted experience, they are committed to the continuous leadership, improvement, training and mentoring of Sailors."

The LDO and CWO communities have designators in the surface, submarine, aviation, information dominance, expeditionary, and general series as well as staff corps communities and serve in a variety of leadership billets within their technical fields, ranging from division officer to commanding officer ashore.

Eligibility requirements for LDO include US citizenship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9 or an E-6 who has passed the exam for E-7 and been determined board eligible. Active-duty applicants for LDO must have at least eight, but not more than 15 years of active-duty service.

Eligibility requirements for CWO include US citizenship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9. Active-duty applicants for CWO must have at least 13, but not more than 22 years of active-duty service.

These programs do not require applicants to have a college degree. Applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1, 2012. The in-service procurement board is scheduled to convene Jan. 7, 2013. NAVADMINs 285/12 contains additional application criteria and guidance. Nuclear qualified candidates must also refer to NAVADMINs 099/12 and 238/12.

Eligible Sailors should apply for the designator for which they are most qualified, regardless of their current rating. Upon commissioning, Sailors selected for LDO/CWO will attend the four-week Officer Development School in Newport, R.I.

For more information read the NAVADMINs, available on the Navy Personnel Command website at www.npc.navy.mil.

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/.

Enlisted Sailors from the Washington D.C.area  listen to a presentation about officer commissioning programs.
120523-N-IP743-001 ARLINGTON, Va. (May 23, 2012) Enlisted Sailors from the Washington D.C.area listen to a presentation about officer commissioning programs during a job fair hosted by the National Capitol Region Mustang Association at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote/Released)
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